Animated Feature ‘A Silent Voice’ Focuses on Bullying


• Regal L.A. Live Stadium 14, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles; (844) 462-7342; https://www.lalive.com/movies Oct. 20-25 at12:15, 3:30, 6:45 and 10 p.m.

• Harkins Cerritos 16, 600 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos; (951) 686-3456; www.harkinstheatres.com Oct. 20-26 at 10:30 a.m., 1:30, 4:30, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

• The Frida Cinema, 305 E. 4th St., Santa Ana; (714) 285-9422; https://thefridacinema.org/ Oct. 20 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.

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Directed by Naoko Yamada (“K-On!”) and known in Japan as “Koe no Katachi,” the film is based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Ōima. The story centers on Shoya Ishida, who starts bullying the new girl in class, Shoko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shoya for his lack of compassion.

When they leave elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other again —until an older, wiser Shoya, tormented by his past behavior, decides he must see Shoko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late?

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